By Erik Oakley
To those in the golf world who still hold a less-than-superlative viewpoint of women’s golf … this story is meant for you.
To those who complain about the foursome of women in front of them on the golf course, or who rail that women’s professional golf is not as exciting as the male version … this story is for you too.
It is a safe bet that those in the golf world, who still hold such antiquated views of women’s golf, have never watched an LPGA tournament in person. Or, even better, they have never watched a U.S. Women’s Open – the unchallenged pinnacle of their sport. And, for the clincher, they have not watched a major championship on a pristine course such as Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey.
I’ll admit, watching the LPGA Tour on television isn’t nearly as exciting as attending an event in-person. Walking the relatively uncrowded fairways, enjoying the relaxed access, seeing the friendly nature of the players is a refreshing change from the sometimes claustrophobic nature of a PGA major. You are going to see some of the smoothest swings, prettiest cuts, and wildest imagination around the greens that you will ever see. Television doesn’t do any of this justice.
The U.S. Women’s Open is at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster all week and it is definitely worthwhile making the drive through the scenic New Jersey countryside to take in the event.
In juxtaposition to all of the smiles, brightly colored outfits, styled hair and fragrant smells, this beast of a golf course will put the best female golfers on the planet to one of the toughest tests of their lives. The course is in perfect condition for the weekend and features some extraordinary undulations in almost every green as well as the traditional U.S. Open rough surrounding the fairways.
For a first-time journalist covering a U.S. Women’s Open, it is a week filled with riveting stories.
The number one player in the world, So Yeon Ryu, has to be the favorite to win as she has nine top-ten finishes and two victories in 2017. Michelle Wie looks like she is playing some of her best golf as she has seven top-ten finishes this year. She has finally put all of the distractions behind her and is playing relaxed golf.
A player who has already been great for women’s golf and the golf world, as a whole, is Lexi Thompson. The 21-year-old is young, fun, and talented. Having her in contention on Sunday would make this tournament an even bigger success and will gain the eyes of many who normally wouldn’t tune in. There’s a lot of pressure on Thompson, but she has always been as cool as a cucumber, handling every situation with poise and confidence. She already showed it in a contentious press room where she was pressed to comment on President Donald Trump. She handled it in the same cool manner she handles a two-foot tap-in.
It’s all business this week at Trump Bedminster. GolfTalk Live is leaving the politics out of the tournament and letting the best ladies in the world showcase their abilities at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open.
It is guaranteed to be an event worth watching.